FROSTBURG, Md. – Senior Katie Freeman scored four goals and dished out an assist to lead the Bridgewater Eagles (2-1) women's lacrosse team to its second win in a row behind a 12-9 non-conference victory on Saturday afternoon at Frostburg State.
The win for the Eagles is the first against the Bobcats since a 12-8 win in 2010, ending a two-game skid in the series.
Frostburg State (1-2) struck first with three unanswered goals to run out to a 3-0 lead, forcing a Bridgewater timeout with 20 minutes to play in the first half.
Out of the timeout, Bridgewater responded in a big way. With 18:59 left in the opening stanza, sophomore Jenna Devilbiss fired a shot into the back of the cage off of a free-position attempt to cut the deficit to 3-1. The Eagles stayed on the attack after earning the ensuing draw as Freeman and Caroline Fletcher each ripped shots at the net but had them turned away before Brittany Lanahan found Jesse Colligan and Colligan stroked a shot into the net to cut the Bobcats lead to 3-2.
Frostburg State took the next draw but the Eagles quickly forced a turnover and netted the equalizer when Lanahan found the back of the net to tie the score up at a 3-3 tally with 10:47 left in the first. Fletcher assisted on the Lanahan tally.
Bridgewater maintained the intensity on the offensive end, tallying the next three goals to take a sizeable 6-3 lead. Freshman Claire Palermo-Re scored her first career goal to put the Eagles out in front 4-3 before Colligan dished a pass off to Freeman and the Fairfax, Va. native did the rest to extend the Bridgewater lead to 5-3 with 5:10 to play in the opening frame. Colligan capped off the scoring barrage with a free-position goal to put the Eagles up 6-3.
Over the final three minutes of the first Frostburg State took control of play and carved the Eagles' lead to 6-5 at the intermission. Mallory Brunett and Megan Hart each scored free-position goals of over the final three minutes of the half to cut the deficit to a single goal at the break.
Bridgewater controlled the bulk of the first half at the offensive end, owning a 15-5 advantage in shots. The Eagles defense was also up to the task, forcing 14 Frostburg State turnovers in the first 30 minutes of action.
Out of the halftime break, Bridgewater wasted little time in extending its lead. Fletcher controlled the opening draw of the second half and 55 seconds later, senior Paige Hennessy rocked a shot past the Bobcats keeper to put the Eagles out in front, 7-5.
After the Bridgewater goal, both teams had numerous opportunities to get back on the scoreboard before the Eagles added an insurance goal with 21:42 remaining. Freeman tallied her second goal of the day, again off of a pass from Colligan, to hand the Eagles an 8-5 advantage.
Frostburg State again used back-to-back goals to cut the deficit back to one with 17 and change to play. Emily Walker scored off of a free position prior to Brunett getting back on the board as the Bobcats cut the Bridgewater lead to 8-7.
Bridgewater responded with three unanswered tallies to effectively put the game in the books. Freeman and Fletcher did the damage during the spurt as Freeman scored off of a Fletcher pass to extend the lead back to two goals, 9-7. Fletcher answered with a goal of her own with 11:11 remaining before Freeman bookended the run with an unassisted tally to push the Bridgewater lead to 11-7 with 10 and change to play.
Brunett ended the Bridgewater spurt with a goal prior to Hart tallying her second goal of the game as Frostburg State had new life and trailed by an 11-9 tally with 7:14 to play.
The Bobcats controlled the ensuing draw before turning the ball over and handing possession back to the Eagles. Devilbiss tallied her second goal of the game with less than six minutes remaining to extend the lead to 12-9.
Frostburg State had a chance with 3:33 to play but Palmero-Re forced a turnover, giving possession back to the Eagles. Bridgewater played keep away for the remainder of the contest and held off the Bobcats for a 12-9 win on the road.
Freeman's four-goal effort led the way for the Eagles as Bridgewater outshot the Bobcats by a 26-20 margin on the afternoon. The four-goal outing is a season-high for the Fairfax, Va. native.
Junior Caroline Augsburger forced four turnovers to lead the Bridgewater defense and also picked up four ground balls on the day.
Freshman goalie Rachel Gruber (2-1) picked up the victory between the pipes, turning away seven Frostburg State shots.
Brunett led the Bobcats with four goals and Heather Lowe recorded the loss after posting eight saves.
Bridgewater is back in action on Thursday when it travels to Sweet Briar for the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) opener. Start time against the Vixens is set for 4 p.m.